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Anna May Wong Not Your China Doll by Katie Gee Salisbury - book review by Anna Chen

Anna May Wong – Not Your China Doll book review

A lively, well-written romp through Anna May Wong’s life and career, if light on the political landscape that shaped her. Impressive research and detail in the book tell a good yarn. Written through the lens of the Chinese American author, the identity politics often hit the mark.
Forgotten, however, the political manipulation of perception that has resulted in the very real tragedy of race hysteria that’s seen Asian women attacked and murdered.
Book review by Anna Chen

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We’ll always have Beijing: from hero to villain

In the half-century since Bruce Lee’s early death in July 1973, the image of Chinese in western culture and business has come full circle with an added twist of spite.

Prior to the martial arts deity’s explosion onto cinema screens in the 1960s, Chinese men were barely seen except as anonymous hordes reminiscent of the wave warfare that kept America at bay in Korea. Their ultimate sacrifice was presented in the west as an antlike lack of humanity rather than the collective courage we recognise from the allied storming of Normandy beaches.

Is whitewashed Doctor Strange about to morph into Dr Strangelove or be eclipsed by Fu Manchu redux?

Anna Chen’s debut piece in the Asia Times

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Lauren Bacall dies at 89: Bogey and Slim reunited in the hereafter

Oh, this really, REALLY hurts. Yesterday Robin Williams passed away; today, I find out that one of my all-time favourites, LAUREN BACALL, one of Hollywood’s great beauties, also died aged 89. Bronx-born Betty Perske was the star of To Have and Have Not at 19, going on the weave her screen magic in The Big

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